By Dubravka Ugresic
That's correct, one other ebook of Ugresic's on bibliotik. It's a celebration.
This is the 1st American e-book of 3 works through one in every of japanese Europe's most unique and artistic writers. Dubravka Ugresic's within the Jaws of lifestyles and different tales collects brief novels and a gaggle of brief tales grounded in reality and trained through fancy. The identify novel, Steffie Speck within the Jaws of existence, charts the lifetime of a typist for a lonely hearts column. Laid out like a stitching development, with directions, diagrams, and priceless tricks within the margin, it juxtaposes the cliches and trite recommendation of stereotypical women's magazines and pop culture with the real melancholy of the marginalized heroine. the fast tales gathered in lifestyles is a Fairy story (Metaterxies) draw at the author's educational historical past to provide wickedly humorous parodies and droll pastiches of such writers as Daniil Kharms and Gogol. even if depicting the nameless lives of small characters in enormous towns or rewriting nice works from a fairly irreverent standpoint, Ugresic is clean, pleasing, and always striking.
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L ook, let me tell you straight, old girl, you have no sex appeal, I m ean none at all. ’ A nd so saying, M arianna dug a plastic spoon into the cream cake. ’ she added energetically, licking the spoon. ‘Lose a few pounds to begin with. I’ll see to that. I’ve got a great diet. Secondly, go STEFFIE SPECK IN THE JAWS OF LIFE ■ 17 to a good hairdresser. Thirdly, buy yourself a few nice things to w ear. You do n ’t have to go to boutiques, you know. Every o n e’s wearing chintz these days . . Look at the magazines .
Spawning! Revolting egoism! ’ T he Intellectual downed another swig with an expression of disgust and lit a cigarette. ’ asked Steffie dejectedly, believing him. ‘Because! T h at’s how it is! ’ The abrupt gesture he m ade with his hand knocked over his glass. ) ‘W hat is it, why are you staring at me? I ’m drunk, yes! I ’ve been boozing for days now. I have an excellent, and w hat is m ore, an o-ri-gi-nal reason! My wife’s gone off with a . . what do you call them . . plum ber, electrician, waiter!
She went into the first cubicle, locked the door, low ered the seat and sat down. Steffie pictured the theatre as a large stacking box containing a sm aller one, the auditorium and a still smaller one - the toilet, and a still sm aller one, the cubicle, from which there was no way out. (‘A grave, a coffin . ) All at once she heard voices. ‘I d id n ’t tell y o u ,’ said the first voice, ‘that they ve taken it all out. She hasn’t a thing down below any more. ’ asked the second voice. ‘N othing. ’ ‘Really.